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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • De Toren Z 2016 Front Label
    De Toren Z 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • TA93
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  • Capensis Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Capensis Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • Alheit Cartology 2017  Front Label
    Alheit Cartology 2017
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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  • Alheit Cartology 2018  Front Label
    Alheit Cartology 2018
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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  • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2017  Front Label
    Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2017
    Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • WE90
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  • Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
    Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
    • WE93
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